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Chamber sets breakfast club The Blair County Chamber of Commerce Breakfast Club will meet at 7:45 a.m. Dec. 12 at The Casino at Lakemont Park. Cindy Stanbro, executive director of Altoona Community Theatre, will talk about the many programs that the theatre will offer during 2020. The cost ...

Clearfield duo headed to court

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CLEARFIELD — Two Clearfield residents who are facing sexual assault and numerous child porn charges are one step closer to a trial. Investigators say Jackson Curtis Martin III, 44, and Amanda Nichelle Downs, 28, sexually assaulted a toddler, filmed it and then shared the videos with each ...

City won’t raise taxes

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City Council on Wednesday adopted a $33.7 million budget that calls for no property or earned income tax increases. City property tax will remain at 5.129 mills, so the owner of a property assessed at $100,000 would continue to pay $513. City property owners also pay 6.0013 mills to the ...

Woman accused of endangering child

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An argument between an Altoona woman and her boyfriend allegedly led to a baby getting struck by shards of wood. Nadia R. Leslie, 36, was charged Monday by Altoona police with a felony count of endangering the welfare of a child after officers responded to her home about 9 p.m. and found a ...

Parade is tonight

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Altoona’s Spirit of Christmas parade will be held downtown this evening. The parade will begin at 6 p.m. at Ninth Street and Green Avenue and will proceed down Green Avenue to 12th Street and then take 11th Avenue until it disbands at 16th Street. Parts of 10th Avenue between Ninth and ...

Blair County man wins $1M prize

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“I always knew I married a million-dollar man,” said Deborah Biddle after her husband, Ron, was presented a commemorative check marking his big lottery win. Ron Biddle was the first of five $1 million winners in the Merry & Bright scratch-off game by the Pennsylvania Lottery. The ...

Donations sought for vets, elderly

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The Laurel Highlands Historical Village will be collecting food and paper products for area veterans and elderly who are shut-in and need help. Food collection locations include Stagers in Portage; Rizzo Chiropractic at 400 N. Center St., Ebensburg; Rocky’s Tavern in Johnstown; AT ...

Penelec rate set to increase

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Customers who use Penelec as their power generation supplier are paying more for their electricity. Effective Sunday, the residential rate for electricity increased from 5.2 cents per kilowatt hour to 6.44 cents per kwh, said spokesman Todd Meyers of FirstEnergy Corp., Penelec’s parent ...

B-A to keep taxes below threshold

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BELLWOOD — Bellwood-Antis School Board members Tuesday approved a resolution to certify that the district will not increase any school district tax for the 2020-21 school year at a rate that exceeds the index of 3.7 percent as calculated by the state Department of Education. “It is too ...

Magisterial district judge

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Filed before Hollidaysburg Magisterial District Judge Paula M. Aigner: Charges waived to court April 2 – May 7: Ashley D. Futrell, 18, 2706 W. Chestnut Ave., first floor, Altoona, charged by Blair Township police with possession of a small amount of marijuana and possession of drug ...

Police: City man stalked, tracked ex

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An Altoona man is behind bars on charges he stalked and harassed his ex-girlfriend and monitored her movements for eight months with a GPS tracking device that police said he had attached to her vehicle. Matthew J. McDonald, 45, of 2421 Fifth Ave., was arrested Tuesday by Altoona police on a ...

Hunting shooting victim identified

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TYRONE — State police Tuesday identified the victim of a fatal hunting-related shooting as 42-year-old Mahlon C. Osterhout Jr. of Tyrone. State police spokesman Christopher Fox said an autopsy was performed Tuesday and said no further details were available pending the completion of the ...

Johnstown man says Devine was drug supplier

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — A Johnstown man said Tuesday that he generated $20,000 a week and sometimes more during the four months of 2016 when he was selling heroin for Damon “Fat Cat” Devine, who is on trial this week in Blair County Court. James A. Miller III, 31, currently incarcerated in the ...

Bedford County responds to ex-inmate lawsuit

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Bedford County on Monday responded to a lawsuit filed by a former prison inmate who complained that his civil rights had been violated last July when the prison was locked down. In its answer to the legal action brought by Vincent Weasenforth, 50, the county denied it violated his Eighth ...

Albom discusses ‘unlikely family’

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A Haitian orphan — who became his daughter during a search for a cure for her brain tumor — inspired a noted author’s latest book. Bestselling author and hall of fame sportswriter Mitch Albom told an audience at Penn State Altoona on Tuesday evening about his “unlikely family” as he ...

TASB elects new president

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TYRONE — The Tyrone Area School Board elected a new board president on Tuesday evening. During the reorganization meeting, the board elected Rose Black as new board president in a 6-2 vote to succeed outgoing president James Crawford. Crawford has been president since 2011 and a member of ...

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STATE COLLEGE Football season big for Airbnb The State College Airbnb host community welcomed more than 10,000 guest arrivals and earned about $2.2 million in supplemental income during Penn State home football weekends, helping the borough to significantly expand lodging capacity and income ...

Magisterial district judge

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Filed before Hollidaysburg Magisterial District Judge Paula M. Aigner: Charges waived to court April 2 – May 7: Amber L. Delfosse, 28, 4020 Fourth Ave., Altoona, charged by state police with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, criminal use of a communication facility ...

Board halts work on offices

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With a cadre of newly elected school board members sworn in, the board’s first order of business was to stop contractors hired last month by the previous board from moving forward. Bids of about $1 million were approved in November by the previous board to renovate a new administration ...